The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has cancelled its intention to embark on an industrial action following Chevron Nigeria Limited’s plan to sack 600 workers at the Agbami Offshore Oilfield in Bayelsa State.
Confirming the suspended strike, Mr Lumumba Okugbawa, General-Secretary of PENGASSAN disclosed that the company reached a truce with the association on April 15.
Recall that PENGASSAN earlier threatened to go on strike and close down Agbami Offshore Oilfield if Chevron reduces its workforce by 25 percent.
A statement by Mr Esimaje Brikinn, CNL’s General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs declared that the company would dismiss 600 workers as part of efforts to reposition the company.
In another development, a coalition of militants, UNYEKISONG Akwa Ibom, has ordered all multinational oil companies to leave the state over their ‘unwholesome practices and atrocities.’
A statement signed by the group’s leader and deputy, ‘General’ Dede Udofia and ‘Major’ Ibanga Ekang conveyed the quit notice in Uyo on Sunday.
Disclosing its reason for ordering the oil companies to leave, the group lamented over the rate at which the oil companies’ activities have degraded the lands and its resultant effect on the wellbeing of the residents.
Unyekisong Akwa Ibom is the umbrella body for freedom fighters in the state including former members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF), Movement for the Actualization of Niger Delta Republic, Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, Niger Delta Avengers, Niger Delta Liberation Force, Niger Delta Movement for Justice and Niger Delta Warriors.